‘Women In ETFs’ Takes Next Step

July 31, 2014

Entity names board of directors and establishes regional chapters.

Women In ETFs, the all-women networking organization first launched in January of this year, now has a board of directors and regional chapters in place. It is also getting ready for a round of events beginning in September that look to provide plenty of networking opportunities for women in this industry.

The group, originally founded by five ETF luminaries including ETFGI’s Deborah Fuhr, ProShares’ Joanne Hill, BlackRock’s Sue Thompson, Windhaven’s Linda Zhang and PowerShares’ Michelle Mikos, will now have Hill and Thompson as co-presidents, according to a press release issued today.

The nine-member board of directors also includes Kathleen Moriarty of Katten Muchin Rosenman, and Vanguard’s Martha King. Together, these women form an impressive roster that casts a shadow in the ETF industry both here and globally.

Next Events For Chicago, New York & London

Having already hosted a successful webinar earlier this year—attended by upward of 100 people—and a Boston chapter kickoff meeting, Women In ETFs’ next event will be in Chicago on Sept. 17. The evening, which will include dinner, a guest speaker and plenty of networking, will take place alongside the Morningstar ETF Conference, ETFGI’s Fuhr told ETF.com.

Similar events should follow in New York and London in the fall, Fuhr said, and they mark just the beginning of what this group hopes to achieve.

Women-Focused Funds

The effort comes at a time when not only the ETF market is growing by leaps and bounds, boasting more than $1.8 trillion in assets in the U.S. alone, but a time when awareness and interest is surging around gender diversity and women’s roles in companies.

As an example, women-focused equity funds have started to pop up in the market.

“The ETF industry is growing, but it has a lot of moving parts and layers,” ProShares’ Hill said in the press release. “Our goal is to make sure women in the ETF industry maximize their opportunities to learn and grow with the help of their peers.”

“Networking is the No. 1 unwritten rule of success in business,” Sallie Krawcheck of Ellevate said at the organization’s launch during ETF.com’s Inside ETFs conference earlier this year. “Business opportunities come from loose connections. What I love about us coming together is that this is our way of establishing those connections.”

For more information about the group and upcoming events at WomeninETFs.com, see the Women in ETFs LinkedIn page.



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